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Czech Republic seals $6.6 billion F-35 deal amid Gripen lease uncertainty

1st February 2024 - 15:26 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The lease on the Swedish fighters ends in 2029, leaving the Czech Air Force with a two-year fighter jet capability gap before the F-35s begin to arrive in 2031. (Photo: USAF/DoD)

The Czech Republic has solidified its defence stance with a historic F-35 procurement deal, yet unresolved talks have hinted at lingering considerations over potential Gripen lease extensions.

The Czech government has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) with the US this week to buy 24 F-35A jets in a US$6.6 billion contract, finalising its agreement for the fifth-generation fighters. Under the deal, signed by defence minister Jana Cernochova and US ambassador to the Czech Republic Bijan Sabet, the Lockheed Martin jet deliveries will take place between 2031 and 2035.

“By signing this intergovernmental agreement, our country and also our army enter a new era,” Cernochova said, adding that the fighter deal was the biggest single arms contract in the history of her country.

As Shephard reported,

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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